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cor-; - . . . i Ottawa Men Ride Fight Japanese in Aleutians Several District Men Associated With Sqdn. Leader K. A. Boomer, Who Knocked Out 'Zero' By ro. C.- M. DEFIEUX. SOMEWHERE 'IN NORTHWEST ALASKA, NoV. 21. (CP) Unity born of historic good-neigh-borliness is flying the foggy and storm-swept skies of Alaska . and its Aleutian , Islands and that unity is grim ' foreboding to the Japanese invaders of the United States' and Canada's continental home. , i- The first retaliatory blows have been struck. Their might will mount in strength and tempo. . Although they retain their identity and cherished traditions, R.C. A.F. units. In northwestern Alaska and the Aleutians operate under the United States command directing that sphere of operations under the United Nations unified command. - . j And their services and fighting ability are. valued highly.. Their role in defence of Alaska's shores and the mounting offence is a vital one.- ' i Have Felt' Baptism. Already Japanese flyers and ground troops have fallen before the deadly fire of Canadian pilots. The ; first Japanese "ero" encountered by a Canadian crashed into the seas off Kiska after Its pilot challenged the ability of the veteran fighter, Sqdn. Ldr. K. A. Boomer, Ottawa.' ' ! The Nipponese have learned, to respect the. fighting prowess of such pilots as Sqdn. Ldr. Boomer, Fit Lt H. T. Mitchell, D.F.C.. Ottawa; FO. J. G. Gohl, Winnipeg; PO. D. F. English, Vancouver; Fit Sgt F. R. F. Skelly, Kirkland Lake, Orit; Flt'Sgt G. R. Weber, Killar-ney, Man.; Sgt Pilot N. Stusiak, Powell River, B.C.; Sgt Pilot A. A. Watkins, Regina, and others who have given them battle. ' While they are under the direction of the United States in their operational work, the R.CA.F. units are headed by one of the service's most experienced and popular officers, one of the heroes of the Battle of Britain, Group Captain G. R. McGregor, D.F.C., of Kingston,' Ont i Morale is high among Canada's airmen in Northwestern1 Alaska. They ' speak glowingly of the cooperation and kindnesses of their American Allies, the friendliness between all ranks and the quality of the fishing. '. i i 1 Canada's airmen are agreed on the hospitality of Alaska and its people.' But they .are agreed with most unanimity when they . talk about the weather. 1 .Pilots, mechanics, clerks and messmen agree vehemently on that point And the United States flyers stand ready to add their, word, too. - America's best' meteorologists stationed there do their: best to forecast but their job is a night mare, j j . - "Pretty tricky", is the way FO. J. B. ' Morgan, of Montreal, describes the weather. ' "It's hard to forecast. The ' weather is made north of us. On the east coast you could tell reasonably well. The mountains make conditions even worse. They're 'covered 80 percent of the time. Believe me, a clear day at sea is a rarity." He gets firm support in his weather exposition from Sqdn. Ldr. C. A, (Chuck) Willis, of Sherbrooke, Que., also a flyer of wide experience on the east coast Sudbury Flyer.! ,; "The toughest weather , I've' ever seen", ru. Jack Attle, j of Sudbury, Ont, said. "You can always count on a thrill." Then there's 21-year-old FO. Harry Bray, Blyth, Ont, who spent more than two hours looking for a place to sit down at the end of a night patrol. He finally got in on an emergency field with the aid of tractor headlights. -.' PO. James B. (Joe)! Doak, ' of Cowansville, Que., ' simply . said "the weather- can be improved upon." ' . " i i Fit. Sgt Robert Skelding, of Montreal,, whose wife -now is living in Vancouver, offered a. comparison with flyjng conditions in Britain where he also served as an airframe mechanic: "This weather is grim. It's much safer flying over there, believe me. Everything seems against, you here. It closes in on you", so fast and leaves you stranded." While they decry the weather, Canada's airmen are i equally vociferous in praise of the cooperation afforded by the Americans. FO. W. M. Lord. "We can get anything we want from them", said FO. W. M. Lord, of Ottawa, engineer officer. "While we are supplied through our own forces, there are, naturally, some things that are needed in a great hurry", said Fit Lt. lan Webb, of Gulfport, Miss. "The United States forces bend over backwards to help us. They are as fine a bunch of fellows as you would meet anywhere."; Fit. Lt Webb is an R.C.A.F. administrative officer. ; ' As for the fellowship of American soldiers with the airmen of the R.C.A.F. there is a wealth of tribute. "They're swell", declared LAC. James Albrecht, of La combe, Alta. and LAC. Clifford Blow, of St Andrews, Man. "They certainly show us a good time", said LAC Philip J. C. Beerman, of Deepdale, Man. I The health . and " morale of Canada's forces in Alaska -was summed up by Fit Lt. Herbert B. McGregor, of Penticton, B.C., one of the medical officers., I "Generally speaking" the health is good", he said. "There were lots of colds when we arrived some j months ago but they're better now. There are no contagious diseases. "The food is good too. From an R.CAT. dietary -standpoint it is a bit starchy but that is tha trend 'i- 1 i Alaska's S In the United States don't seem to mind.' boyk "Sanitation is good Seven 'at the outpost detachments. iMedica atf tention is available at fell tubes to all personneL iU "The boys' morale i quite too, I think, though thly art ly in need of mail, pictur clippings from their i, hor papers. . smapsnots . are : a send. I don't think they parcels. , i- t. ! C ! r. Easlview Soldier Honored for; BraVery i , rTfV- As a reward for lis Signalman A. R. Carere.l son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Carriere, :22 Henry street Eastriew, recently was given a handsome, via tchj by 'S. 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